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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Rangers Injury Update: Mitch Moreland to have reconstructive ankle surgery

By on 6/08/2014 12:45:00 PM

The season keeps getting worse for the Texas Rangers from an injury standpoint, with news emerging that first baseman Mitch Moreland is going to have reconstructive surgery on his left ankle. Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweeted the news, along with the expected recovery timeframe of at least three months:

T.R. Sullivan of reported that GM Jon Daniels said the first baseman has been bothered by the injury all season. Anthony Andro of FOX Sports notes that surgery will take place on Wednesday. It seems very unlikely that Moreland will be back in the lineup for Texas this season unless they absolutely have no choice, as even the most optimistic timeframe puts his return at the middle of September.

The development is even more devastating for the Rangers because Moreland was already filling in for offseason acquisition Prince Fielder, who is almost certainly out for the season after undergoing neck surgery to repair a herniated disc. It's not clear who the Rangers will now use at the position long-term; Donnie Murphy is the only player other than Moreland or Fielder to get a start there in 2014, and that was his only career start at first base. He will start there again this afternoon.

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